Artist of the moment……..Carlos Merida

Carlos Merida was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in the year 1891. Merida is associated with the abstract and cubist movements. Merida was a costume and theater set designer, dance choreographer, teacher, painter, and muralist painter.

Growing the artist took music and art lessons, Merida loved to play the piano. After having some difficulties with hearing loss Merida gave up the piano and took his father’s advice and switched to painting.

Growing up in Guatemala Merida had little exposure to art so and after having his first solo exhibition in 1910 he left for Paris, France and remained there for four years. Merida became associated with the leading artists of the day in Paris including Picasso.

Merida had his first solo show in 1920.

Merida had a daughter that was a dancer. Merida felt dance could express what painting could not and used helped to fund and start a dancing school that his daughter helped to run.

Carlos Merida passed away in 1984 at the age of 94 years old.

Price range information: Merida worked in many mediums including crayon, lithography, watercolor, pastel and gouache with prices ranging from $3,000 to $70,000.

What a talented artist who just enjoyed creating be it  choreography for dancers, theater set and costume design, a small oil painting, or a very large mural. Merida excelled at painting just about anything.

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